In a relatively quiet move today, the Marlins acquired left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes from the Mariners today in exchange for pitching prospect Gaby Hernandez.
Rhodes, 38, is having one of his best seasons in the majors, posting a 2.86 ERA with 26 SO over 22 innings. He is holding lefties to a .542 OPS while righties have a .598 OPS against him. He will shore up Florida's weakness against lefties to help them down the stretch run. Rhodes is getting paid near the league minimum.
Meanwhile, Gaby Hernandez, 22, is a right handed pitcher trying to salvage an injury-marred 2008. A former top prospect, Hernandez features a low 90s fastball that can touch 94, a plus curveball, and a changeup that flashes average to plus. He could be an asset for the Mariners in 2008 or 2009.
This is the right move for both teams; the Marlins have impressive pitching depth in the minor league system and the Mariners should continue to rebuild with an eye on 2010. Rhodes was having one of his best years, creating a prime sell-high situation. He should help the Marlins stay competitive as they fight with the Phillies and Mets for the NL East title, while Hernandez could play an important role in rejuvenating the Mariners' thin farm system.
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